[mb-style] policy on merging of recordings

jacobbrett jacobbrett at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 11 13:54:22 UTC 2011

Frederic Da Vitoria wrote:
> 2011/7/11, Johannes Weißl <jargon at molb.org>:
>> If you have good reasons to believe that they are the same recording (<5
>> seconds time difference, same name, comment and artist), I would merge
>> them. The situation for many artists is terrible, if so many (possibly
>> identical) recordings exist they have lost any meaning / information at
>> all. So the argument: "Don't merge, we loose information" doesn't really
>> count.
>> If later someone has proof that a recording on a release is different,
>> it is easy to correct that (just create a new recording and relate the
>> track to this one).
> Not so easy in situations like the one described by lorenz. But I
> agree correcting this would not be worse it the recordings are merged
> than if they are not.
> What we are about to create is a kind of catchall recording for these
> situations where we don't have any way to decide which "master" was
> really used. I suggest we find a way to distinguish those catchall
> recordings from thoroughly verified recordings. We could indeed merge
> all unverified recordings with same duration into those. Then, as
> users with the relevant information start entering "good" recordings,
> these catchall recordings would gradually lose links to tracks.
> -- 
> Frederic Da Vitoria
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We just need to throw more ISRCs at the problem and it'll go away!
Seriously, is there an online database of ISRCs?

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